If you are thinking about purchasing a new family pet, you need to consider all of the things that pet needs. Owning a horse comes with a particular set of challenges that other animals do not have.
A horse is a big responsibility and is not something to be taken lightly. If you plan to take your horse to shows or use it in rodeos, you should seriously consider horse insurance. This will protect you if anything happens to your horse.
Horses are large animals. They can weigh anywhere from 900 lbs to 2000 lbs and need a lot of space to be able to move around. If you are unable to provide the space horses need at your home, think about putting your horse at a boarding facility or an arena nearby. This will allow your horse the space it needs even though your property might not be able to house them.
Another thing you need if you are going to own a horse is the proper equipment. This means lead ropes, halters, feed and water troughs, and, if you are planning to ride, you will need a saddle and saddle pads. All of this needs to be properly stored as well. Again, if this is not something your home is set up for, you should consider housing your horses in a boarding facility. There you will also be able to house your equipment.
Finally, as with any pet, your horse needs food. Horses go through about 15 lbs to 20 lbs of hay in one day. This means that you are going through hundred of hay bales in a year. Make sure you have room to house enough hay bales to feed your horse throughout the year.
Purchasing a new family pet can be a fun and exciting time. However, it is important to keep in mind the animal’s needs so it can thrive in your home.